Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured
Our project will in the long run improve farmers’ low and variable income from agriculture through addressing limited access to reliable marketing outlets to sell produce at advantageous prices. As social entrepreneurs, the company identifies the localized needs of rice farmers who are highly disadvantaged socially and economically. The company’s approach is to work collaboratively with already established smallholder rice farmer associations estimated at 250,000 individual rice farmers (approximately 15,600 farmer associations nationwide) and build technical partnership with the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) and the Alliance for Green Revolution (AGRA) funded Farmer-To-Market (FTM) project.
So far, well over 700 individual rice farmers representing 65 smallholder rice farmer groups have been profiled for the use of the market information platform in the Volta Region. The project has been well received by potential beneficiaries with indicative field reports of increased comfort and security and enhanced employment opportunities for our rice farmers.
Our model will enable rice farmers to plan their finances well and focus more on increasing production. In addition, the issues associated with looking for buyers for their produce will no more be a hindrance, since with our GIS and MIS technologies, traditional market processes would give way to online dynamic processes; reaching out to potential buyers from different parts of the country and beyond. This business model could as well be scaled up and replicated on other food commodities as well and in other countries.
How will your project evolve over the next three years?
Over the next three years, our project will be scaled up to reach the targeted 250,000 rice farmers (15,600 smallholder rice farmer associations) in the country. This is achievable since the project will establish a strong technical and financial partnership with major stakeholders in Agriculture in Ghana:
Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA),
the International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC)
Apex Farmers Organisation of Ghana (APFOG) and the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG).
Within the next three years, other commodities such as maize, and tomatoes will be piloted and replicated with this model to advance the market operations of our smallholder farmers, create a reliable market and improve their income and well-being.